Kenya: Consultancy Services for the Assessment of the Performance of Regional Fisheries Bodies in Western and Central Africa


Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) are specialized institutions which generally facilitate regional efforts and approach in the conservation, management, and the development of fisheries and aquaculture. There are also Water Basin Commissions (WBCs) in existence some of these water bodies. Since international cooperation is required for the long-term sustainability of fisheries and responsible aquaculture development at regional levels, RFBs can play a critical role for the management of fishery and aquaculture resources in a particular region or sub region especially with regard to shared fish stocks. The geographical area of competence of number of these RFBs and WBC covers West and Central Africa as listed below:

  • Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF)
  • Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA)
  • Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (COMHAFAT)
  • Regional Fisheries Committee for the Gulf of Guinea (COREP)
  • Fishery Committee of the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC)
  • SubRegional Fisheries Commission (SRFC)
  • Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)
  • Niger Basin Authority (NBA)
  • Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF)

The AU-IBAR intends to carry out the assessment of the RFBs in West and Central Africa by examining their mandates, functions and performance with a view to rationalizing them and hence increasing their efficiency.


One of the major activities identified in the project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" is to enhance coordination in the fisheries and aquaculture sector to ensue effective, coherent and sustainable fisheries governance and responsible aquaculture development hence they are key players in the implementation of this component of the project. The role and obligations of regional organizations in fisheries are growing steadily. However, strengthening their performance and enhancing collaboration in their modus operandi has become a major challenge. In some regions, the roles of existing institutions tend to overlap in fisheries and aquaculture related matters. Regional integration is a necessity for the sustainable management of Africa's usually shared, fisheries and aquaculture resources. Collective and concerted actions at the regional level that allows African countries to work together strategically with a common voice and purpose is needed.

In line with the outcome of the meeting on 'Enhancing Institutional Collaboration in the Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa' in July 2014, Accra, Ghana AU-IBAR will undertake an assessment of the institutional set-up and performance of the RFBs, WBC as well as facilitate their formal linkages with the Regional Economic Communities as a strategic part of the roadmap in rationalizing them. It is in this context that consultancies will be undertaken in Western and Central region of Africa.


The overall objective of this exercise is to rationalize the RFBs in order to enhance the effectiveness of their performance and efficiency in delivery of their respective mandates as well as development of a framework for forging institutional or intra-agency and inter-agency collaborations.

The specific objectives are to:

  1. To carry review of their mandates, structure and instructional stet-up
  2. Undertake assessment of their past and current activities in fisheries and aquaculture and their impact of their activities in their geographical area of competency
  3. Assessment of their capacities and gaps in line with their mandates
  4. Their institutional linkages with similar organizations within the region

Expected Results

  1. The institutional capacities and requirements of RFBs under review established
  2. The level programme and activity implementation in fisheries and aquaculture established
  3. The possibility of forging institutional linkages for effective regional fisheries management and aquaculture developed determined
  4. The roadmap for rationalizing RFBs determined


This activity will be implemented through the engagement of 2 consultants (for RFBs and WBC in the West -central and South-eastern regions of the continent) to undertake the assessments. The successful consultants shall undertake assessments of the RFBs and WBC in each of the regional combinations (FCWC, SRFC, NBA, LCBC and COREP in West central Region) and (LVFO, LTA, LVBC, SWIOFC and ANAF in South East Region).

The consultants will achieve the following result as part of the contract:

  • Produce a comprehensive report on the assessment of the assigned RFBs including institutional capacities, requirements, level of implementation of programmes and projects in fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Develop a framework for rationalizing the RFBs with a view of improving their performance, enhancing their capacity and strengthening their institutional set up.
  • Proposals for harmonization of activities and programmes.

Specific Activities

These activities will be implemented simultaneously through the engagement of one individual consultant for each of the two indicated Regions on the continent: Western and Central Africa. The Consultant will carry out the following specific activities in each of the two regions of concern to produce a comprehensive assessment report:

  1. Briefing by the AU-IBAR
  2. Consultation meetings with the Authorities of the assigned RFBs in their respective headquarters
  3. Identify and collect the documentation having a direct or indirect bearing on this subject
  4. Review and analyze the documents mentioned in item (c) above with a view to bringing it in line with the objective and purpose of this project
  5. Conduct assessment of institutional capacities, requirements and set-up
  6. Assessment of activities in fisheries and aquaculture vis a vis their mandates
  7. Conduct comparative studies of mandates and activities within same region with similar institutions
  8. Assessment of funding sources for activities in fisheries and aquaculture projects for past 10 years and level of implementation
  9. Development of proposals for harmonization or disaggregation of activities, objectives and mandates where there are overlaps
  10. Development of proposals for forging institutional linkages or cooperation
  11. Finalize the draft documents taking into account of the conclusions and recommendations made by the AU-IBAR
  12. Compilation of the required reports as outlined in Section "Reporting Requirements" of this Terms of Reference.

Location and Duration of Assignment

The consultancy would predominantly be desk, online research and by correspondences. But where necessary, field trips would be undertaken to respective AU MS.

The intended commencement date is 5th December 2014 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 30 days from this date in each of the regions.

Technical Proposal

For this consultancy, the applicants should submit only Technical proposals that should include:

  • Outlining methodologies, for collecting detailed information as per the tasks assigned to this consultancy.
  • A profile and CVs of the consultant(s) undertaking the work indicating relevant experience and contribution of each one of them in the study.
  • Other relevant information showing past experience in related field, demonstrate your expertise by showing the experience, academic background, an inventory of past and current assignments of similar nature.
  • Contact addresses (Postal, email and telephone) of at least three referees and any other information that may show the consultant's ability to carry out the assignment to satisfaction.



The consultant must have an advanced degree in fisheries science or aquaculture. Qualifications in social sciences, policy or legal studies are also welcome.


The candidate should have:

  1. At least 10 years' experience in fisheries and aquaculture on the continent
  2. At least five years' experience in sector strategy development, policy formulation and implementation and regional level
  3. Experience in working as expert in relevant filed Regional Institutions in Africa
  4. Specific working experiences and sound knowledge on regional fisheries organizations and regional economic communities
  5. Practical experience of carrying out assignments for the AU or other international development agencies
  6. Experience in working for international regional fisheries and aquaculture or related projects
  7. Other relevant attributes and skill that would facilitate this assignment

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